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niktub 12-27-2012 11:09 AM

Tsonga with blackout racquet
 
He seems to be using a black racquet(no PJ) at the Hopman cup.
Maybe a thinner beam...
to be continued:?

niktub 12-27-2012 11:13 AM

still with Babolat
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=YO1hU29miSU


different headshape?
PST?

MattCrosby 12-27-2012 11:15 AM

Hmm, looks omething like a pure Storm.

morandi 12-27-2012 11:16 AM

Looks like still extended length, but smaller headsize.

niktub 12-27-2012 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MattCrosby (Post 7081614)
Hmm, looks omething like a pure Storm.

+1 PST is my bet

uk_skippy 12-27-2012 11:23 AM

I Have been told they (Babolat) are developing an 18x20 'classic' type frame. Maybe Tsonga is giving it a bit of a run-out for feedback.

Regards

Paul

raging 12-27-2012 11:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uk_skippy (Post 7081628)
I Have been told they (Babolat) are developing an 18x20 'classic' type frame. Maybe Tsonga is giving it a bit of a run-out for feedback.

Regards

Paul

great news that Jo is out there early & testing.
Great idea if he changes to box beam, he definitely doesn't need the power.
Tennis needs him to make another run to a GS final.
Australia could be the place...it was before!

niktub 12-27-2012 11:39 AM

pavlov's dog
 
Well done eric B

pug 12-27-2012 11:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uk_skippy (Post 7081628)
I Have been told they (Babolat) are developing an 18x20 'classic' type frame. Maybe Tsonga is giving it a bit of a run-out for feedback.

Regards

Paul

Thanks Paul, that sounds like a reasonable conclusion.

Blaxican10s 12-27-2012 02:29 PM

Looks like he's also switched to blue overgrip (tournagrip?)

djdannyj25 12-27-2012 02:31 PM

In one of the threads on the racquet forum, Daniel Becker (works for Bab) said they were discontinuing and were working on something new for 2013 if I can recall that correctly.

JDMasFCK 12-27-2012 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by uk_skippy (Post 7081628)
I Have been told they (Babolat) are developing an 18x20 'classic' type frame. Maybe Tsonga is giving it a bit of a run-out for feedback.

Regards

Paul

Interesting... looking forward to the release of said racquet...

ci2ca 12-27-2012 10:25 PM

Super excited! Looks like a Pure Storm with an 18x20 pattern. Maybe Babolat is trying to get all the Blade and prestige users!

Bartelby 12-27-2012 10:48 PM

The limited PS did not exactly have a winning spec.

JGads 12-27-2012 11:05 PM

Tsonga with an 18/20 would/will be fun to see, if this holds true. Maybe flattening out his shot a touch will do him some real good.

Irrelevant 12-28-2012 01:02 AM

Hmm and I recall he enjoyed his prostock Kblade which was also a 18/20. Seems like it'll be an interesting year if he really is switching.

raging 12-28-2012 01:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bartelby (Post 7082398)
The limited PS did not exactly have a winning spec.

by definition, I don't think babolat meant it to last as long as it has.
Pure Storm was meant to take those box beam sales,while it is not a big part of their racquet business they recognize the need to offer something in this area.
Jan. is a perfect time to try something new & a good time for Jo to make a move, despite being an Aero player. I always saw him as a flatter trajectory, more attacking player anyway.
It will also be interesting to see how Harrison adjusts to it as well, he is even harder to please.

Midguytenis 12-28-2012 02:17 AM

Tsonga is a flat hitter, playing with that racket is a draw back to him, He will obtain a lot more with the 18x20, if they could make a Aero pro, 100sq would ideal.

With all the respect, Harrisson isn't that great, He has not top 30 potential, but that's beyond the point.

Automatix 12-28-2012 03:49 AM

Well, the big sellers are the Pure Drives and Aero Drives.
Babolat didn't exactly take over the market of classic players frames.
The PS Ltd. AFAIK is a failure in the sales department, at least in my neighbourhood.
The "classic" Pure Storms sell much better though the story with Pure Controls and later Storms is a funny one for me. Do you remember the days when people complained about the Pure Controls being to stiff? I agree that 71RA was overkill but they weren't that bad. When Babolat changed this and renamed them as Pure Storm Tours the sales didn't hit roof top. Still I find it funny that even though the PSTs had much lower stiffness I know quite a few people who experienced elbow problems from using them.

I may be biased but I really liked Babolats lighter control frame - Soft Control.
96 square inch headsize. Soft, light, plenty of room to customize. Those were the days.

I also had the chance to hit with an old beat up Pure Control Zylon (the extended version) and I have to say it also was a really nice frame and didn't feel uncomfortably stiff.

Although I'm not fond of Babolat I'm actually interested if they can "surprise" the market and come out with something which can compete with APDs and PDs in terms of popularity.

Bartelby 12-28-2012 04:17 AM

Given that they only need Nadal to advertise the Aero, maybe Tsonga will be the much needed celebrity endorser of the Storm line.

Each of Head's lines has a key player, so Tsonga would be it for Babolat's Storm line, so not so much a new racquet but a re-launch of the line?


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